4 Things Everyone Forgets to Put on Their Resume

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Sep 12

Knowing what to put on your resume can be difficult. You want to sound qualified for the job with all the right experience, and attributes without sounding pretentious. But, sometimes the difference between getting the interview, and not getting the interview is all in what you include on your resume. Here are 4 things everyone forgets to put on their resume.

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer work shows that you are generous, and care about your community. Some volunteer experience also demonstrates that you are a hardworking, goal driven leader, who works well with others. If you learned any leadership, or job skill through volunteer work then it is important to list it in its own category under “Volunteer Work”. For example, volunteer experience working with kids shows that you are a leader. Hospice volunteers gain experience working with people with limited abilities.

Education

It’s surprising how many people forget to list their education experience. Many people only list their most recent completed education. It is important to also list your past education, or any in progress education that you may have. Even if it was trade school unrelated to the job for which you are applying it is still important to list it as education. You can always visit here for more information about educational possibilities.

Relative Skills

Many people neglect to include job related skills in their resume. For example, if you are applying for a construction job, and your hobby is weight lifting then it might be prudent to list how much weight you can dead lift. It might sound somewhat of a stretch, but knowing what you can do might be the difference between getting the job, and having to look elsewhere.

Achievements

Listing your important life achievements (to a degree) can help employers see that you are an accomplished, capable employee. These need to be major, relative achievements. For instance, publications, major artistic awards, any major physical achievements such as completed marathons, or MMA Championships. These achievements show off your dedication, goal orientation, leadership qualities, and skills. Employers should know the champion they are hiring.

It is important to list everything that employers are looking for. Many people feel awkward selling themselves, but listing off your attributes makes all the difference to a potential employer. So, be proud of who you are, and what you have accomplished in your life. Be bold, and get that interview.


Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @ Rachelle Wilber and Facebook.

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Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.